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Lucas W. Koester
September 6, 1983 - March 16, 2022

Lucas W. Koester

Lucas W. Koester
Sep 6, 1983 - Mar 16, 2022

Lucas W. Koester
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Lucas W. Koester, age 38, of Ames, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Memorial services are being planned in Texas and will be announced. Condolences may be expressed online at www.amesmonument.com.


Born September 6, 1983, in Harlingen, Texas, Lucas William Koester was the son of Larry and Judith (Kiefer) Koester. He grew up in Texas and most recently made his home in Ames, where he worked as a scientist at Iowa State University.

Survivors include his mother, Judith Koester Soendker of Raymondville, TX; his father, Larry (Maria) Koester of Troy, TX; two brothers, Jeremy (Lisa) Koester of Mission, TX, and Jacob Soendker of Ames; two sisters, Carly (A.J.) Guerrero of Edinburg, TX, and Angela Koester Robertson of Sherman, TX; nieces and nephews, Nicolas, Sophia, Brianna, Isabel, Lillyanna, Evelyn, and Collin; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and other extended family members.

Lucas was preceded in death by an infant brother, Trevor Allen Wolfe.

Ames Monument & Cremation Center has been entrusted with the care of Lucas and his family.

 
 

Cheryl Sansgaard on May 17, 2022

Two months.... it has already been two months, and it is still hard to believe you are not with us here on Earth. You are remembered as a funny, kind, extremely intelligent, great NDE scientist, giving, hard working young man. I miss your smile and your dry, but extremely funny, sense of humor, and the way you were always willingness to help out. You are missed every day. I consider myself extremely lucky to have known you over the past seven years. Thank you Judee and family for sharing Lucas with us at CNDE and Iowa State University. God bless you. Rest in peace Lucas.

Walter Pohland on Mar 23, 2022

Dear Larry, Judee, and extended clan,
God knows your grief. He, too, lost a Son He loved very much; and it is because God's Son Jesus died and rose again that Lucas lives. You will see him again, vibrantly alive with his Savior on the great Easter yet to come. Until then, you are in our prayers.
With love in Christ,
Walt and Becky Pohland

Reza Zoughi on Mar 21, 2022

I knew Lucas for less than three years, and came to know him as a quiet, thoughtful and bright scientist and a kind-hearted person. It deeply saddens me to see him leave us. Myself and everyone who knew him attests to the fact that Lucas touched their lives and left a great impressions. I was fortunate to know and work with Lucas and will always remember him. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Lucas. R. Zoughi

Leonard Bond on Mar 19, 2022

I am shocked and saddened by Lucas's death. He came to ISU as my post-doc and he then became a professional researcher in CNDE. He became a friend and a colleague as he grew in his career. He was bright, capable and in his unique and quiet way did excellent research. He added value to every project where he engaged. There are no words adequate to express my shock at his passing. I will miss him - Lucas RIP - you passed far, far too young.

Constantine Tarawneh on Mar 19, 2022

Lucas was one of my first graduate students at UTPA. He was one of the best students I have ever worked with. Professional, polite, humble, and always smiling. I arranged for him to go to Nebraska (my alma mater) to work with my mentor and pursue his PhD. I was always so proud of him and what he has accomplished. He was loved by everyone he worked with and everyone had nothing but wonderful things to say about Lucas. This news shocked me to my core. I cannot believe that Lucas is no longer with us. I always remember him for the wonderful and loving person he was. I was blessed to have him as student and friend. Rest In Peace my friend.

Daniel J. Barnard on Mar 18, 2022

I am very saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague. I am so fortunate to have worked with Lucas on several projects and topics at ISU, always appreciating his insightful comments, broad interests and intellect. I will miss most Lucas' easy humor and his calm manner. Know that my thoughts are with you and your family, Lucas. Farewell, my friend.

danb

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